21 April 2021
Blossom Watch With The National Trust
The emergence of blossom is one of the first signs we are entering into spring. Bringing with it lighter nights and warmer weather, enabling us to fully utilise our gardens again. Whether it is socialising on the patio around the BBQ, keeping busy growing crops in the kitchen garden or just taking a moment to appreciate new signs of life. After the past year of lockdowns across the nation, this spring feels more welcomed than ever before. To celebrate this special time of year, the National Trust has started a new campaign called #BlossomWatch to emulate the ancient Japanese tradition of Hanami.
Literally translated, Hanami means flower viewing, specifically cherry blossom. This tradition of celebrating the first blossom has been celebrated in Japan since the 17th century and signals the arrival of spring. A time of renewal and a recognition of the fleeting nature of life which is symbolised by the blossoms short-lived beauty. People traditionally celebrate Hanami by having large picnics and parties outside under the blossom trees.
Wildlife & Wellbeing
Blossom not only looks pretty, but it is also a haven for many species of wildlife, particularly bees, who seek out the pollen from the sweet blossom flowers, caterpillars who eat their leaves, birds that devour the fruits on the trees and the wildlife below like mice and badgers that feed on the fallen fruit.
Not only is it vital for wildlife, being mindful of nature and recognising the ever-changing seasons is also imperative for our own physical and mental well-being. It has been widely proven to lower stress levels by helping us to rest and relax. Connecting to nature is beneficial for every age and not only helps on a personal level but creates a deeper understanding and respect for our earth and everything in it.
How To Join In
On Social Media
The National Trust are hoping to bring the tradition of Hanami to the UK. Asking the nation to join in by getting out for a walk in nature. Sharing images of blossom using #BlossomWatch and writing about the personal effects of nature on social media on the 24th April. They are also using #BlossomWatch tags on Twitter to track the spread of blossom across the country, collating this on their online map below.
Not sure what to look out for, when they bloom or what they are called? The National Trust has curated a helpful illustrated guide to identifying all the beautiful types of blossom in date order of when they first start blooming here in the UK.
Plant a tree
Help with The National Trust initiative to plant 20 million trees in the next decade by donating £5. All donations will go towards creating green corridors in and around cities as well as supporting existing habitats.